Cops undress woman and take photos of her body after she died in a car crashBy Mason White 3:43 PM April 23, 2015
By: Tanya Malhotra
A family is outraged that police officers removed the clothing of a dead woman and took photos of her body.
However, police in Illinois, said that the officers followed proper procedures by doing so.
The deputies stripped the clothes of 20-year-old Jessica Mejia, and then took inappropriate photos of her naked body on the roadside, her mother said.
Christina Mejia filed a lawsuit against the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, and the trial is scheduled to begin next week.
Jessica Mejia was killed on the morning of December 31, 2009, when her former boyfriend, Nicholas Sord, lost control of the car they were traveling in and crashed into a pole.
When officers arrived, they took off the clothing from Mejia and took pictures of her, according to the lawsuit.
Jessica Mejia wore a white shirt, jeans and high heels before the accident, but was photographed wearing only her underwear.
The family claimed that deputies intentionally caused emotional distress to them.
The deputies actions perpetrated false rumors that the car had crashed because the woman was on top of her former boyfriend.
“People think that my daughter died from having sex, not by someone who was drunk,” the grieving mother said.
“By the time everyone arrived on the scene, she was partially nude because of the officers’ actions. So the rumors and accusations were made credible,” the mother added.
The sheriff’s office insisted that they took pictures at the scene to collect evidence that helped convict Sord. They called the photos “standard procedure.”
Sord, whose blood alcohol level was 0.236 percent when his Mercedes SUV crashed into a pole, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to 56 months in prison.
Mejia was studying psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, when she died.